Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was found stabbed to death in his Netherlands apartment on Monday with his 22-year-old brother being one of the main suspects. It has now come out that the cause of the murder may have been a dispute over loud music.
The 24-year-old Halman played 35 games for the Mariners last season and was likely to compete for a full-time spot on the team's 25-man roster in 2012. Instead a promising career and life as a whole were cut short due to a senseless act.
While nothing has been confirmed, including the possible murderer or the reason for the murder, a police spokesperson speculated that loud music did, in fact, play a role in Halman's death.
Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels tells the Associated Press that loud music “appears to be the reason the victim walked downstairs,” but police are still trying to piece together what happened after that.
Murder of any kind for any reason is a completely unnecessary and cowardly act to begin with, but if the reports of a dispute over loud music are true, then it simply makes the loss of Halman even tougher to stomach.
Even if a murder occurs over a monumental disagreement, it is still completely unacceptable. For it to happen due to a problem that could have easily been fixed with a simple compromise, though, is truly heartbreaking.
Incidents such as this one make you wonder what is going through somebody's mind when they decide to actually take the measures necessary to end the life of another human being. If I were ever confronted about loud music, I would discuss the issue, but that clearly wasn't the intent of the murderer.
One would have to think that there is more to this story than simply loud music. It's hard to believe that an argument over something so trivial could cause such a drastic reaction. Whatever the case, though, the baseball world lost a promising player over something that could have easily been prevented.